Blythe Plenderleith studied BA Hons Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art (2017-2021). After achieving a First in her BA, Blythe was awarded The Cass Art Scholarship to complete her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2021-2023), where she also gained a distinction for her thesis examining notions of perfection and making-do.
Blythe’s research and practice observes small town traditions of farming, harvesting, quilting, barn raising and furniture making thus aiming to redefine standards in an age of mass-production and cheap imitations. Relishing the decorative arts of America as well as the traditions and techniques taken from her Scottish-American heritage, Blythe probes the terms craftsmanship, twee, needs-must and improving, questioning small town living and paying tribute to its historical matrix; necessity is the mother of all invention.
Blythe has recently worked in collaboration with Battersea and Wandsworth Council to ‘take over’ Barbara Hepworth’s Single Form (Memorial) site in Battersea Park, London (2022) where her concept was developed, made and constructed for temporary display while Single Form (Memorial) was on loan.
Most recent exhibitions include the RSA New Contemporaries 2023, Edinburgh. Exhibiting between 18th March – 16th April 2023 at the Royal Scottish Academy. Here, Blythe was awarded the Fleming-Wyfold Foundation Award 2023 for a painter, draughtsperson or sculptor.